Brand New
Daisy


4.5
superb

Review

by protestthesky USER (3 Reviews)
August 21st, 2012 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A criminally underrated album by the Indie band whose lyrics every hipster teen posts as their facebook status.

Imagine being a heartbroken, lonely teenager and writing all your inner demons into lyrics. You have no intentions of fame, just a kid with a guitar and emotions to spill, but then suddenly your band is thrown to the forefront of modern Indie bands. After some time in the spotlight you just want to relax and be yourself, but now everyone is scrutinizing your every move, waiting for you to write your next magnum opus. Everyone expects every subsequent album to be amazing. They should be able to show your music to their friends and prove how profound their taste in music is. One sub par album and the fans will condemn you, their idol, forever. That is a tremendous amount of pressure, and I imagine that is what Jesse Lacey feels like nowadays.

Jesse Lacey's band Brand New is largely considered one of the greatest Indie bands currently in existence. Their first album "Your Favorite Weapon" was a fantastic pop punk album with heartbreaking, angst ridden lyrics that any teenager could relate to. However, they were written in a far more clever way than the average pop punk band. Then came "Deja Entendu", a brilliant album with similar concepts but even deeper lyrics, and a huge musical growth, moving away from typical pop punk. Three years later they release "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me", which in this reviewer's humble opinion is one of the greatest albums of all time. Musically the album is brilliant; complex, atmospheric and almost completely absent their pop punk roots. The album features arguably some of the best lyrics ever written, going beyond relationships and talking about inner turmoil, self realization, life after death and even God himself. The album is full of intelligent metaphors, and redefines what alternative rock is truly capable of. Each album the band has released features some sort of growth, which is a great feat in of itself. However, it is also somewhat of a curse considering after an album as good as TDAGARIM....how are you supposed to follow that? Albums usually mirror the emotional state of the composers, and Jesse Lacey's is sure to have changed in three years...enter "Daisy."

This album is vastly different than their past albums, more so than words can describe, and many Brand New fans don't like it. It has been written off as a "disappointment", myself one of the condemners until I finally gave it a fair chance. Don't worry, this is not a sell out album. Far from it. The album is actually extreme in the other direction; the album is loud, heavy and unrelenting. Jesse does a lot of screaming in this album, and much of the music is almost post-hardcore in sound. This new direction did not get a great reaction from fans, but I think the harder sound shows that Lacey no longer cares so much what anyone else thinks about his work. He's going to vocalize what is on his mind and what he is feeling, and in this case screaming is the best way to do it.

What exactly the troubled frontman is thinking is another matter. The lyrics were not written by Lacey this time, but by guitarist Vin Accardi. It is still unclear why Lacey gave up the lyrical reins this time; maybe he wanted the band to work together as a unit more, or maybe he just got tired of all the pressure. Regardless, the lyrics do suffer a little this time. Vin is a capable lyricist, as shown in the beautiful "Handcuffs" off the prior album. Unfortunately, nothing on "Daisy" quite reaches that quality. There are some gems like "Some man died under the mountain just looking for gold, some die looking for a hand to hold" off of "At The Bottom". However, the same song also features the nonsensical line "Carry this box to its proper place, lower it down and let you fade away. I hope that you would do this for me." Accardi seems to be trying to be deep and metaphorical like Lacey, but the line holds no weight and makes little sense. Some lines are even downright bad, such as "My head is lit I don't ever want to go to bed...your hair is on fire." Maybe I'm missing some deeper philosophical meaning, but it just seems like a poor attempt at imagery. Luckily, the song "Bed", featuring the aforementioned line, is mostly saved by Jesse's return to his beautiful swooning voice and Vin's excellent guitar playing.

The album may falter lyrically, but everything else is in prime shape. Vin Accardi does not even come close to Lacey's lyrical prowess, but there is no denying his musicianship. The guitar work is far and away the best the band has done yet, featuring some great pounding riffs and a few impressive solos. Brian Lane has always been a great drummer and this is no different. Lane's drumming and drum fills on this album are his most technical performance yet. The bass isn't amazing, but it does its job well. Jesse Lacey has his best vocal performance yet on this album. As mentioned earlier many fans criticize his heavy use of screaming, which honestly isn't nearly as good as his crooning singing voice, but it is still emotional and shows the anger he may be feeling. The screaming also shows he can be a very diverse vocalist, and when he does return to singing it is even more beautiful and haunting than ever before. Despite the weak lyrics, Lacey's vocal performance evokes a raw emotional power in them, something any other vocalist may not be capable of. Basically even in weaker tracks there is something that elevates the song above average. Some songs are even incredible such as "At The Bottom", the title track and the musical masterpiece "Noro". The band sounds tighter than ever, and Jesse giving the lyrical power to Vin shows an even stronger bond in the band.

In the end, this is an amazing piece of work from an amazing band. Many fans fault it for not matching the quality of "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me", but one would be crazy to expect anything to top one of the greatest albums of the last decade. An album is meant to be heard on its own merits, and in that mindset the album is an extremely enjoyable works of art. I can't help but think that all the naysayers would love this album if it was the first album this band recorded. The album is a great addition to the amazing lineup of albums by Brand New. I can't wait to see what Jesse Lacey and company will do next.


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protestthesky
August 21st 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I understand this album has a lot of reviews and I apologize. It's just I don't write reviews very often, so I wanted to get back into it with an album I have strong opinions about. Sorry if it's not the greatest review ever, as I said I don't write them very often.

Graveyard
August 21st 2012


5730 Comments


Review was fairly decent, but there is way too many reviews for this album.

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DarthMann
August 21st 2012


13815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have a strong feeling their next album is gonna be SHIT

macadoolahicky
August 21st 2012


1835 Comments


Really? I feel like it's going to rule. Not just because I love BN, I just feel like they're going to top this

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2012


4424 Comments


I think this is the first album I've seen that has been reviewed under every rating.

Review is good too, man. nice job.

Oceanus
August 21st 2012


877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Didn't realize that Lacey didn't handle the lyrics on this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2012


31163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is the first album I've seen that has been reviewed under every rating.


All that's left is the glorious 0.5

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Storm In A Teacup
August 21st 2012


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

leave that 0.5 to someguest

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2012


4424 Comments


All that's left is the glorious 0.5.


The only time I've seen that rating was in your unmerciful Korn review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2012


31163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To accomplish such a task an offering must be made to the gods

Storm In A Teacup
August 21st 2012


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know you would sacrifice me but i got responsibilities to be taking care of so offer up rosaparks or yankeedudel

saucy
August 21st 2012


342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never noticed how many reviews this has.

Storm In A Teacup
August 21st 2012


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Devil and God has a lot more

macadoolahicky
August 21st 2012


1835 Comments


Master of Puppets, Sputnik's most rated album, surprisingly has a lot less reviews

Storm In A Teacup
August 21st 2012


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no one cares about Metallica now that's why

toxin.
August 21st 2012


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was listening to the title track and fuck it's good. I need to relisten to this. I have a feeling I would now like this way more than I did when I first heard it.

Anyways, good writing. A tad too much introduction in my opinion. It's relevant to explain the direction the band went in (which you touched upon) but your review left that topic to a more straightforward description, making the beginning sound almost apologetic (and doesn't quite tie into your review).

Nice review, though. These are simply my thoughts for you to write a more cohesive review.

pos'd.

FearThyEvil
August 21st 2012


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Didn't realize that Lacey didn't handle the lyrics on this.

Definitely explains why some of it is pretty passable compared to past releases where lyrics were a huge strong point.

protestthesky
August 21st 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the pos! And yeah I usually have a problem with writing too much, especially in my college papers. I need to work on being more concise, hopefully I'm make more progress soon. And thanks for the advice!

Also, really just have an open mind. The album is good if you accept it for what it is

Storm In A Teacup
August 21st 2012


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh and btw Daisy is a lot better than Devil and God, but both are classics, Daisy just happens to deserve a 5.5/5

TooLateToGoBack
August 21st 2012


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Prefer Devil and God, but this was still a superb album.

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